Go North East: Latest News & Discussion - September 2016
#1
(01/09/2016, 00:51)Jamie M Wrote: Which brings me to my next question of why didn't they order another streetdeck or send a B9 over from somewhere to be used?
They did actually buy a spare StreetDeck for the X21 but ending up increasing the PVR by 1, meaning there now isn't a spare, which results in regular appearances of old tat appearing on the service, sure enough a President was on today.
#2
(01/09/2016, 01:08)Jimmi Wrote: They did actually buy a spare StreetDeck for the X21 but ending up increasing the PVR by 1, meaning there now isn't a spare, which results in regular appearances of old tat appearing on the service, sure enough a President was on today.

Didn't they do that for the 21 too? Which sees regular tat...but enough about the Hybrids  Big Grin

They should think about having a business planning department of some kind  Angel
Wistfully stuck in the 90s
#3
(01/09/2016, 00:15)biglugs@yahoo.com Wrote: 4934 got WiFi what's stopping 03,04 plate omnidekkas getting them.
I hope 6135 gets WiFi as it'll be spare for x21s

The situation with 4934 was different - Chester-le-Street needed a spare Scania L94 with Wi-Fi to meet the contractual requirements of the DU2 service.
#4
(01/09/2016, 01:08)Jimmi Wrote: They did actually buy a spare StreetDeck for the X21 but ending up increasing the PVR by 1, meaning there now isn't a spare, which results in regular appearances of old tat appearing on the service, sure enough a President was on today.

Actually, the PVR was always 7 (even prior to the new vehicles being ordered). Previously it was done to accommodate an extra journey on the X21, and if my memory serves, it was related to Bishop Auckland College. I'm sure pdiddy will be able to recall.

The PVR was always intended to go to 7 during the day too with extra layover planned as well as extra running time. A spare vehicle wasn't ordered at any point. A multi-million pound company can't make decisions just like that at the drop of a hat!

The StreetDecks are some of the most reliable buses in the fleet and as I'm sure pdiddy will agree, there's only been a handful of times since they were launched where one has been VOR for a mechanical reason meaning another bus had to deputise all day. The majority of the time, they're pulled off for a journey or two so people like me can carry out repairs! This is always done off-peak, and usually between Chester-le-Street and Newcastle, in order to reduce the amount of time older vehicles spend on daytime service X21 runs. It'll happen again today, as I need to see 6301 this morning!
#5
(01/09/2016, 07:55)Dan Wrote: Actually, the PVR was always 7 (even prior to the new vehicles being ordered). Previously it was done to accommodate an extra journey on the X21, and if my memory serves, it was related to Bishop Auckland College. I'm sure pdiddy will be able to recall.

The PVR was always intended to go to 7 during the day too with extra layover planned as well as extra running time. A spare vehicle wasn't ordered at any point. A multi-million pound company can't make decisions just like that at the drop of a hat!

The StreetDecks are some of the most reliable buses in the fleet and as I'm sure pdiddy will agree, there's only been a handful of times since they were launched where one has been VOR for a mechanical reason meaning another bus had to deputise all day. The majority of the time, they're pulled off for a journey or two so people like me can carry out repairs! This is always done off-peak, and usually between Chester-le-Street and Newcastle, in order to reduce the amount of time older vehicles spend on daytime service X21 runs. It'll happen again today, as I need to see 6301 this morning!

Often seen a Solar on there in a morning. Usually sounding rough. Especially when 4928 was allocated
#6
(01/09/2016, 07:55)Dan Wrote: Actually, the PVR was always 7 (even prior to the new vehicles being ordered). Previously it was done to accommodate an extra journey on the X21, and if my memory serves, it was related to Bishop Auckland College. I'm sure pdiddy will be able to recall.

The PVR was always intended to go to 7 during the day too with extra layover planned as well as extra running time. A spare vehicle wasn't ordered at any point. A multi-million pound company can't make decisions just like that at the drop of a hat!

The StreetDecks are some of the most reliable buses in the fleet and as I'm sure pdiddy will agree, there's only been a handful of times since they were launched where one has been VOR for a mechanical reason meaning another bus had to deputise all day. The majority of the time, they're pulled off for a journey or two so people like me can carry out repairs! This is always done off-peak, and usually between Chester-le-Street and Newcastle, in order to reduce the amount of time older vehicles spend on daytime service X21 runs. It'll happen again today, as I need to see 6301 this morning!

A new Streetdeck costs £225,000, so a spare can't be justified for a PVR of 7, the new vehicles are generally very reliable. It is a different business decision as the PVR gets higher.
#7
Oh, also in other news RK streetlite NK15EOC was conked out at Stanley Bus Station yesterday, soon after at the Depot with a Wright CustomerCare van sitting next to it. Didn't sound too good.
#8
5296 has had it's rear window punched out.
#9
NK66CXB (686) has arrived this afternoon, and has went straight into the workshop.

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Go North East - 686 - NK66CXB by aureolindn, on Flickr
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#10
(01/09/2016, 13:37)Jamie M Wrote: 5296 has had it's rear window punched out.

Saw it not too long ago at Heworth..
#11
684 has now been branded for 'indiGo Washington'

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Go North East - 684 - NK66CWZ by aureolindn, on Flickr
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#12
(01/09/2016, 18:57)Adrian Wrote: 684 has now been branded for 'indiGo Washington'

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Go North East - 684 - NK66CWZ by aureolindn, on Flickr
When do the September branded threads arrive?
#13
(01/09/2016, 19:03)Jamie M Wrote: When do the September branded threads arrive?

September, believe it or not....

Once one of us are in and are on a computer, they'll be split off.
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#14
A hint Dan? Tongue

*681 with "Deptford Depot" on the front.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/danielgrah...otostream/

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Go North East's unallocated Optare Solo SR M925/Optare 681 (NK66 CWW), which carries a plain red base livery prior to the application of branding, is pictured here at Saltmeadows Road Depot, Gateshead, following delivery to Go North East. 01/09/16

Wonder what branding....
#15
(01/09/2016, 19:30)Michael Wrote: A hint Dan? Tongue

*681 with "Deptford Depot" on the front.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/danielgrah...otostream/

On the topic, I wonder if 681 has been purposely split off from the rest of the red solos just to provide a little 'barrier' between the North Tyne and Washington batches?
#16
I can't believe they've extended the IndiGo brand to yet another area. It was bad enough they used it in North Tyneside; extending it to Washington is beyond comprehension!
#17
(01/09/2016, 19:32)Greg in Weardale Wrote: I can't believe they've extended the IndiGo brand to yet another area. It was bad enough they used it in North Tyneside; extending it to Washington is beyond comprehension!

What do you make of the branding over those windows towards the rear?
'Illegitimis non carborundum'
#18
(01/09/2016, 19:32)Greg in Weardale Wrote: I can't believe they've extended the IndiGo brand to yet another area. It was bad enough they used it in North Tyneside; extending it to Washington is beyond comprehension!

Why?

I don't think it's the best brand in the world cosmetically, but interested why you think it's beyond comprehension that they've introduced it elsewhere?
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#19
(01/09/2016, 19:32)S813 FVK Wrote: On the topic, I wonder if 681 has been purposely split off from the rest of the red solos just to provide a little 'barrier' between the North Tyne and Washington batches?

Nah, it was just the way they were painted.
#20
(01/09/2016, 19:37)citaro5284 Wrote: Nah, it was just the way they were painted.

Me just overthinking it then - as usual! Tongue